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Escape from the Farm

Dad and I snuck off the farm for a couple of hours yesterday afternoon to go on a photo expedition - first to a nearby marina in Brentwood Bay and then to the Institute of Ocean Sciences at Pat Bay. We both took lots of photos and stopped a couple of times for coffee and to warm up (it was one of those grey, damp days that wound up being chillier than you'd expect, especially by the water).The Institute of Ocean Sciences is a beautifully designed building thoughtfully sited on a stunning piece of land on Pat Bay. A seismic research centre and home to many ocean-research types, the building and grounds are open to the public.I was trying very hard to ignore my phone, but the messages kept coming thick and fast - five new sign-ups for our CSA Goody Boxes (yay!), a friend needing to borrow a couple of transport crates for chickens tomorrow, another friend wondering whether we have room in the goat barn to temporarily house a couple of goats for another friend, someone in the prairies calling to see if we can ship fertile Ridley Bronze turkey eggs, and two inquiries about hogs and pork.Egg vending machines could be a handy way around the fact our farm is located on a dead end road with virtually no drive bay traffic...At the second coffee stop managed to do some research on the feasibility of selling eggs through vending machines, coordinate a work session to finish up the last edits on the new book, and schedule a meeting with another farmer possibly looking to collaborate on a couple of projects for which I do not have space... Gads. My attempt to get away for a couple of hours was a bit ridiculous!The coffee shop at the Institute of Ocean Sciences - includes a lovely view past arbutus trees over the water...Suspended fish in the atrium...   Read more >